Water Minister, coordinators move to end open defecation
• Lagos Appeals To Residents Over Water Shortage
The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, virtually met with the state coordinators of the ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet’ Campaign (CNC)’ recently, in Abuja, for updates on their achievements and challenges for the Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign in Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mrs. Kenechukwu Offie, it was disclosed that the campaign, which is a national programme aimed at ending open defecation in Nigeria by 2025, would take place in the 36 states and FCT.
The national campaign was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on May 8, 2019, and was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on November 19, 2019 and the signing of an Executive Order 009 was done.
According to the statement, the minister had carried out advocacy visits to state governors at the National Economic Council (NEC) , ministries, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, different media houses, organised private sector and Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDCOM) to seek support towards the Federal Government’s efforts in ending open defecation in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) has appealed to the residents of the state over various disruptions to its networks, infrastructure, and subsequent inability to distribute water adequately.
“We, however, apologise to the general public for the inconvenience caused, urging Lagosians to bear with LWC, as efforts are ongoing to redress the fault/situation to restore water supply very soon,” a statement from the Public Relations Officer of the corporation, Mrs Nike Fashola, indicated.
The corporation assured that it would restore water soon and attributed the development to technical hitches, coupled with power outage from Akute Power Limited (APL) and some damage to its infrastructure.
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